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Ukraine Alleges Russia Fired on Surrendering Soldiers

Ukraine is investigating claims that Russian troops killed unarmed Ukrainian soldiers who were attempting to surrender. Such an act would constitute a significant violation of international law outlined in the Geneva Convention. The inquiry was initiated after a social media video emerged, appearing to show two Ukrainian soldiers being executed at close range. Although the authenticity and context of the video remain unverified, Ukraine's General Prosecutor's office confirmed its legitimacy.
This allegation adds to a growing list of war crime accusations against Russia since their invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, all of which Russia denies. Meanwhile, families of Ukrainian soldiers have demanded better conditions for troops, prisoner exchanges, and consistent military service terms, rallying in Kyiv led by the Azovstal Families organization.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted a recent slowdown in prisoner swaps with Russia. Since the conflict began, thousands have been exchanged, but as many remain in captivity. Following the fall of Mariupol and the surrender of Ukrainian fighters stationed at the Azovstal steel plant, Russia has held numerous Ukrainian soldiers as prisoners.

Civilians also continue to suffer as Russian shelling has recently hit residential areas in the Kherson region, resulting in casualties. Widespread power outages have also affected nearly a thousand locations across Ukraine, attributed to harsh weather and ongoing conflict.

According to the Institute for the Study of War, military activities have been hampered by adverse weather conditions across the Ukrainian frontline, affecting both vehicular movement and infantry progression.
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